Ashes in the Seine

Seventeen-year-old French peasant girl hearing angelic voices,
leads troops in a 92-year war, with
armor, banner and sword from a prince-made-king.
She knelt at his royal feet but
he abandoned her to enemy and flames.

Jeanne D'Arc

c. 1412 – 30 May 1431)

Although Jeanne D’Arc led charges in the Hundred Year War, she did not engage in actual combat. She was a heroine of the French people and when prince Charles became King Charles VII, she was at his side. Nevertheless, when Jeanne D’Arc was put in the hands of the English, the King abandoned her. She was convicted of witchcraft, heresy, and even cross-dressing (which was considered a form of heresy). She was burned at the stake on May 30, 1431. She was 19 years old. Her ashes were thrown into the Seine.

Gettysburg

Gettysburg battlefield

A foggy, cold, November morning. Lincoln spoke,

following a 2-hour oratory with two minutes

because he knew “we can not dedicate —

we cannot consecrate — we cannot hallow” ground

covered, uncovered by grass and snow. Remembered.

 

Armistice Day

1918, on the 11th hour              (Veterans Day)

of the 11th day                          (World War I)

of the 11th month                     (9 million dead)

an armistice signed to end       (21,000,000 wounded)

The War to End All Wars           (Lies)

 

soldiers

Men of U.S. 64th Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, celebrate the news of the Armistice, November 11, 1918 (Source U.S. National Archive, U.S. Army)


At the urging of major U.S. veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954. Veterans Day is distinct from Memorial Day, a U.S. public holiday in May. Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who have died while in military service. After the end of the Second World War, the Australian and British governments changed the name to Remembrance Day, since Armistice Day was no longer an appropriate title for a day that would commemorate all war dead.